Leon Dabo
(1868 - 1960)

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Newly discovered research has shown that Leon Dabo, landscape painter, muralist, writer and lecturer, was born in France in 1865 and not as previously thought in Detroit in 1868. (This can be verified at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Dabo was a student of John La Farge, Puvis de Chavannes, and James McNeil Whistler.

In 1910, he participated in the "Independents" exhibit organized by The Eight in New York City, and in 1913, he was one of the principle organizers of the Armory Show that introduced modernist art to the United States. In 1917, Dabo was commissioned and sent to France in A.E.F. Corps of Interpreters.

He lectured on Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Columbia University in the 1920s, and in 1933 exhibited his flower painting and pastels at Knoedler Gallery, New York. The "New York Times" in its review stated that these paintings were "a distinct contribution to be associated with the flower harmonies of Odilon Redon and of Fantin-Latour."

In 1944 in his 79th year, Dabo was elected full Academician of The National Academy of Design. He painted until his ninetieth year, and in 1960 died in New York City on November 7th.



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